As Mardi Gras approaches, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) wishes to remind businesses, residents and travelers in the City of Lafayette that the Public Works department will begin placing barricades along the parade route tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. and again on Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 a.m. Barricades will be placed to allow for “turning lanes” and major cross-overs along Johnston St. and N. College Rd. Motorists are asked to use alternate routes when possible, allow extra time to get to their destinations and exercise additional caution and patience while crews are on the roadways.
The City of Lafayette barricade placement and parade schedule for Feb. 16 – 18 is as follows:
• Thursday, Feb. 16, 8 a.m. – Public Works crews will commence placing barricades at the start of the parade route beginning at the intersection of Jefferson and Simcoe Streets, then along the parade route to the intersection of Johnston and Vermilion Streets.
• Friday, Feb. 17, 8 a.m. – Public Works crews will resume placing barricades from the intersection of Johnston and Vermilion Streets along the parade route to the intersection of Johnston St. and N. College Rd., near the Albertson’s shopping center, then along N. College Rd. to Cajun Field at Gate 2, approximately 650 feet past Reinhardt Dr. towards Congress St.
• Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. – The Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs is scheduled to roll through Downtown Lafayette from the intersection of Lafayette St. and Rue Bibliotheque and ending at Parc Sans Souci at the intersection of Vermilion and Taylor Streets.
• Saturday, Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. - The Rio Parade is scheduled to roll beginning at the intersection of Jefferson and Simcoe Streets, then along the parade route before turning into Cajun Field at Gate 2. Public Works crews will immediately follow the last float, moving barricades to the sides of the roads and cleaning up litter and debris along the entire parade route.
The Lafayette Police Department will close all streets on and around the parade route one hour before the parades begin. All streets will remain closed until the completion of the last parade. No streets will be open until all citizens have been removed from the area and vehicles are able to travel safely. Public Works crews will follow the last float of each parade, cleaning up litter and debris along the entire parade route.
Other information about the parade route and Public Works operations during the Mardi Gras season:
• The parade route is 3.9 miles in length
• Public Works places approximately 5,500 barricades along the parade route and adjacent areas for crowd control and safety reasons
• Public Works utilizes seven (7), 30 yard roll-off dumpsters for trash and debris disposal
• Public Works utilizes 121 portable toilets that are placed along the parade route